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Pawprints Training Academy helps you and your pet to build a partnership based on trust and communication through a variety of different training programs.  We provide the foundation of obedience training with our “Puppy Kindergarten”.  Once you begin to establish a bond with your dog “Beyond Puppy” allows you to graduate to more challenging skills.  If you desire more physical interaction in your training then “Agility” can be your answer.  We offer “Cart Pulling” for those owners with larger breeds built for work as well as “Doggie Dance” owner looking to make a connection with their pets through music.  Training can be a rewarding journey you and your dog experience together, lets us at Pawprints Training Academy facilitate that journey. 

For information about private or group classes, contact Pawprints at Pawprints@bellsouth.net or 772-567-2121. Please stop by or call to discuss training packages and schedules.

 

Training Classes and Schedule

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Puppy Kindergarten

This is our introduction to obedience for dogs up to six months of age.  The goal of this class is to teach owners and their dogs how to communicate with each other.  We use positive reinforcement training techniques to identify and strengthen desired behaviors.  Participants will learn fundamental obedience commands such as sit, stay, down, come and loose leash walking.  Creating a foundation for your dog’s learning that will last them a lifetime.

Duration:  Ongoing      Cost:  $16 per class or $112 for eight classes

Prerequisite:  None

Sep
06
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sep
13
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sep
18
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Beyond Puppy

This class is designed for dogs six months and older with little or no formal training.  If you participated in an obedience class but your dog still has problems following simple commands when distracted this is the class for you.  We review all of the basic obedience skills and practice them in real life situations, teach your dog how to meet strangers, sit for pets and walk nicely through a group of people.

Duration:  Ongoing                  Cost:  $16 per class or $112 for eight classes

Prerequisite:  None

Sep
01
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sep
06
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sep
08
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Small Dog Class

Do you have a small dog with a big attitude?  Does your little dog bark, growl, jump or even nip at other dogs or people?  This is the case for many small dog owners.  By creating a more stable and well-adjusted companion, your lives together will be more enjoyable.  We will focus on everyday life situations, along with basic obedience keeping your dog’s size and safety in mind.

Duration: Ongoing Cost $16 per class or $112 for 8 classes

Prerequesite None

Sep
17
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sep
24
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oct
01
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Advanced Obedience

In this class the participants go from "on leash" to "off leash".  Dogs will be taught to perform all the basic commands off leash with distractions.  Your dog will be able to respond to commands whether you are inside or outside.  You will learn to verbal commands or hand signals interchangeably with reliable responses from your dog.  Owners and their dogs will learn new commands such as "place", which will allow your dog a limited freedom while maintaining manners and self control in a designated area.  Classes will be held on-site and off-site including a down and dine for graduation.

Duration:  Four Weeks      Cost:  $75

Prerequisite:  Puppy Kindergarten, Beyond Puppy or basic obedience class

No training is currently scheduled

Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen or CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.  C.G.C. is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.  All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. The course consists of four classes and a test (participation in the classes is not required to sit for the test).  There is an additional $35 fee for the test.

Duration: Four weeks    Cost: $95

Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten or basic obedience class

No training is currently scheduled

Beginner Agility

This is a six week course designed for beginning agility students.  Our goal is to teach the dogs and their owners how to negotiate all of the obstacles used in agility trials.  Prospective students should have some basic obedience skills and be reasonably fit.   At the conclusion of this course participants should be capable of competing as novices in a sanctioned agility trial.  In addition to the weekly class, students will have access to the agility field at Pawprints in order to practice their new skills.

Duration: Six weeks        Cost: $95

Prerequisite:  Puppy Kindergarten or basic obedience class

No classes are currently scheduled

Intermediate Agility

In intermediate agility, we will guide you on a step-by-step to better performances on the agility course. You will learn how to use obedience and directional commands to sequence smoothly and efficiently from one obstacle to the next, through turns and winding pathways. This course will help you develop a consistent set of cues for communicating with your dog on the agility course by introducing clicker training. As a result, your dog will understand your directives and you will be able to achieve the ultimate in teamwork.

Duration: Six weeks    Cost: $95

Prerequisite:  Beginner agility or advanced obedience  class

No training is currently scheduled

Off Leash

Take your relationship with your dog to the next level.  This four week course concentrates on the connection between you and your dog.  Become confident your dog will listen when needed even when they are not attached to the leash.  This class combines new skills with active play enabling your dog to become more attentive and focused. Be able to control your dog at a distance, develop a reliable recall and go for walks off-leash all while having a great time.

Duration: Four weeks    Cost: $75

Prerequisite:  Puppy Kindergarten or basic obedience class

No training is currently scheduled

Reactive Dog Class

Do you have a dog that barks and lunges at people when they are on-leash?  Does your dog snap or growl at other dogs without provocation?  Do you feel the dog has to been removed from gatherings in your home because you cannot trust them around your guests?  Typically these are the behaviors of an insecure or reactive dog.  By creating new routines around greetings, establishing a strong obedience foundation and relieving the dog from making incorrect decisions we can help them become more comfortable and confident companions.

Duration Four weeks             Cost:  $75

Prerequisite  None

No training is currently scheduled

Shy Dog Class

Does your dog shy away or seem to not like certain new dogs or people?  Does Fido run and hide when there is a loud noise outside, cars, bikes, kids? Does his or her barking seem out of control or unprovoked?  The human world and the dog world are very different. Help your dog acclimate to the human culture. This class is designed to gain confidence through a variety of challenges such as, agility obstacles, nose work, and basic obedience skills. This is a great class for rescue dogs and dogs of all ages.

Duration:  Four weeks            Start:  April 23, 2013        Cost:  $75

Prerequesite:  None 

Recall Class

One of the most requested skills dog owners want for their pets is a reliable recall or come
command. Getting your dog to arrive promptly without delay can be achieved when owner and dog both understand their roles. The dog must be attentive and responsive to the recall and the owner must be consistent and acknowledge the dog return every time. Although there will always be a large number of factors determining how well your dog comes when called, we can teach dog owners what a good recall command is and how to get their dogs to do one.

Duration Four weeks                    Cost: $75

Prerequisite Puppy Kindergaten or basic obedience class

No classes are scheduled at this time

Fun and Games

One of the most effective ways to reward your dog is play and when you combine play with training the result is reliable behavior.  All too often training becomes regimented and repetitive, when we introduce games to learning both dog and owner become excited about class.  You will be surprised, by incorporating fun and a little competition to training, how much your dog will learn.    

Duration: Four weeks    Cost: $75

Prerequisite:  Puppy Kindergarten, Beyond Puppy or basic obedience class

No training is currently scheduled

Off-Leash Agility

Now that your dog has learned the basics in agility it is time to progress to hand signals and directional commands to increase your dog’s performance.  Move from on-leash commands to off-leash reliability in this one day seminar.  Whether you are considering competition with your pet or you wish to add a new skill set to your dog’s repertoire this class can help you get there together.

Date: Wednesday April 10, 2013                Time: 6-7:30PM                Cost $25

 

Canine Cart/Weight Pulling

Canine weight pulling is a sport available to any breed of dog in which determination is rewarded. The art of pulling with dogs is not a new one, as man has asked canines to pull carts, sleds and wagons for centuries. The dog wears a harness attached to a cart or sled and weights are added.  The owner encourages the dog to move toward them as they pull against the resistance.  In class your dogs will be taught to pull on command, receive a great work out and enjoy themselves as they learn a new skill.

Duration One week               Cost:  $25

Prerequisite  None

No training is currently scheduled

Leash Walking Skills

Walking your dog can be a bonding event where dog and owner share fresh air and the open road together or it can be a never ending tug of war with your dog always winning.  If your experience is the later please come to our “Leash Skills” class. We use simple repeatable routines to gain your dog’s attention and ultimately focus for extended strolls.

Date: Wednesday April 24, 2013                Time: 6-7:30PM                Cost $25

 

Sep
01
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sep
06
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sep
08
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dog Behavior 101

Dogs and humans may share living quarters and even some of the same emotions but we are worlds apart in our behavior.  What we offer as kindness and compassion they interpret as weakness and indecision no wonder we have problems understanding their signals.    This class provides the road map to better communication between species.  If we know how they think and learn we can provide clearer instruction and ultimately a more fufilling relationship.

Date: Wednesday May 1, 2013                   Time: 6-7:30PM                Cost $25

 

K-9 Nosework

A dog’s nose is an amazing tool it has the ability to identify countless number scents. When trained properly dogs use their noses to assist custom agents in uncovering contraband, police in finding explosives and rescue workers in locating lost or missing people. We can help you harness your dog’s innate ability identify different odors, locate hidden items by their smell and track a scent through an open field. Interact with your dog in an entirely different way as you work as a team to sniff out fun together.

Duration Four weeks                    Cost: $75

Prerequisite None

No classes are scheduled at this time

Meet Our Trainers

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Sean Verne, CPDT-KA, is a certified dog trainer with seven years of experience. He and his wife, Kim Conti, are owners of Pawprints. Sean understands the unique challenges pet dogs and owners encounter over the course of their lives together.  "The perspective I have gained from interacting with our clients dogs in classes, during daycare and through private lessons has given me the opportunity to understand dog behavior and their learning process."  Sean 20 year background in the health and fitness industry makes him an excellent communicator with a desire to show results.  He teaches all levels and breeds.